How to Make Natural Mosquito Repellent that Works like Magic
People used and use herbal vinegar infusions around the world for various aliments. Making these types of vinegar takes several weeks in order to steep the herbs. The following mosquito repellent recipe does not use vinegar. It’s actually a quick version of the classic four thieves infusion. It’s also highly effective for repelling bugs and other flying insects.
The herbs used in the four thieves infusion can vary. People use different modern herbs for four thieves infusions like: thyme, sage, rosemary, lavender, mint, cloves, rue and wormwood.
As you can see, the infusion doesn’t have to count only four herbs.
Ingredients for Mosquito Repellent
2 tbs of all dried herb:
- 3-4 cloves
- 8 oz of boiling water
- tea pot or French press
- 8 oz of extracts of the witch hazel plant
- Glass spray bottle
Add the dried herbs and cloves to the tea pot or French press. Add the boiling water. It’s very important that the vessel you use has a lid. You should keep the steam inside the vessel so the volatile oils from the herbs stay in the tea.
Let it steep until the tea cools to room temperature. Once is cooled, strain. A French press makes this step very easy!
Make the Spray
You need to mix equal parts witch hazel and four thieves herbal infusion for the actual spray. Pour the tea and the witch hazel in the spray bottle, add the top and shake gently.
Now, if you want to use essential oils instead of dried herbs, that’s OK. You should use 10 to 15 drops of the chosen essential oil (from the “four thieves” list).
Another version is to use fresh herbs. If you use fresh, you need at least 3 times the amount of herbs vs dried. Why? Dried herbs are more concentrated since the water has been removed, making them stronger than fresh herbs. Use whatever you have available.
How to Use
Before you go out, spray the four thieves mosquito repellent on your skin. It will repel mosquitoes, gnat, flies, etc. The great thing about this bug repellent is that it is NATURAL AND SAFE. There are no harmful chemicals. So, there is NO worry of adverse reactions from using this homemade repellent.
Plus, it smells great!
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